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  • Obama: ‘Appropriate reforms’ for spy program in works Aug 10, 2013 12:34 AM
    The president announced a series of changes in a program begun under the anti-terror Patriot Act that was passed in the wake of the attacks of Sept, 11, 2001. But none of the moves would alter the basic core of the program, the collection of millions of Americans’ phone records.

  • White House wants ‘more results,’ spikes Putin summit Aug 7, 2013 8:52 PM
    In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia’s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow’s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights.

  • Obama economic tour attracts low expectations Jul 25, 2013 10:50 AM
    It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president.

  • Obama leery of intervention in Mideast Jul 3, 2013 9:31 AM
    From Egypt to Syria to Iraq and beyond, the Obama administration is determined to show it will only go so far to help save nations in chaos from themselves. President Barack Obama has long made it clear that he favors a foreign policy of consultation and negotiation, but not intervention. And he appears determined not to deviate this week even to help reverse turbulence in Egypt, one of the United States’ most important Arab allies.

  • Obama ends Africa trip by joining Bush at memorial Jul 2, 2013 10:14 AM
    Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican predecessor President George W. Bush found common ground in Africa on Tuesday, honoring the victims of a terrorist attack in an unprecedented encounter a world away from home. The U.S. presidents observed a moment of silence together at a monument to victims of the 1998 embassy bombing.

  • Obama recasts chase for Snowden as unexceptional Jun 28, 2013 9:11 AM
    The last thing President Barack Obama wants to do is turn Edward Snowden into a grand enemy of the state or a Daniel Ellsberg-type hero who speaks truth to power. In the shifting narrative of the Obama administration, the man whose leaks of top-secret material about government surveillance programs have tied the national security apparatus in knots has now been demoted to a common fugitive unworthy of international intrigue or extraordinary pursuit by the U.S. government.

  • Obama uncertain about visit with Nelson Mandela Jun 28, 2013 9:11 AM
    President Barack Obama, in the midst of a historic tour of Africa, says he isn’t certain about whether he’ll be able to visit gravely ill Nelson Mandela when he arrives in South Africa. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Dakar, Senegal to Johannesburg, Obama said, “We’ll see what the situation is when we land.”

  • Obama yet to have African legacy like predecessors Jun 28, 2013 9:11 AM
    President Barack Obama is receiving the embrace you might expect for a long-lost son on his return to his father’s home continent, even as he has yet to leave a lasting policy legacy for Africa on the scale of his two predecessors. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush passed innovative Africa initiatives while in the White House and passionately continue their development work in the region in their presidential afterlife. Obama’s efforts here have not been so ambitious, despite his personal ties to the continent.

  • Ruling showcases Obama evolution on gay marriage Jun 27, 2013 9:47 AM
    For Barack Obama, the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay rights punctuate an evolution as president on the subject of same-sex marriage — a personal journey that has taken him from opposition to ambivalence to enthusiastic support. In many ways, Obama’s trajectory parallels that of the nation. But no one’s vacillation on the subject has been more closely watched than his

  • Obama clashes with African host over gay rights Jun 27, 2013 9:47 AM
    President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage as a “victory for American democracy” but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally.

  • Obama: No wheeling or dealing to extradite Snowden Jun 27, 2013 9:47 AM
    The United States won’t be scrambling military jets or engaging in high-level diplomatic bartering to get National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extradited to the U.S., President Barack Obama said Thursday. Dismissing him as “a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama sought to downplay the international chase for Snowden, lowering the temperature of an issue that has already raised tensions between the U.S. and uneasy partners Russia and China.

  • Obama nominating Comey as FBI director Jun 21, 2013 9:32 AM
    President Barack Obama has chosen a former George W. Bush administration official best known for a dramatic hospital bedside standoff against a warrantless wiretapping program to head the FBI for the next decade. White House officials are hoping that James Comey’s bipartisan background and two decades of law enforcement experience will help him win Senate approval to replace outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller.

  • Obama to meet with privacy, civil liberties board Jun 21, 2013 9:32 AM
    President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs. Obama has said the little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will play a key role in that effort. The federal oversight board reviews anti-terror programs to ensure that privacy concerns are taken into account.

  • Obama commits to tough push on global warming Jun 20, 2013 9:46 AM
    President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said Wednesday in Berlin.

  • Obama renews calls for nuclear reductions Jun 19, 2013 6:57 PM
    Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called “the global threat of our time.”

  • Obama renews calls for nuclear reductions Jun 19, 2013 11:08 AM
    Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called “the global threat of our time.” In a wide-ranging speech that enumerated a litany of challenges facing the world, Obama said he wanted to reignite the spirit that Berlin displayed when it fought to reunite itself during the Cold War.

  • Wait, there’s more: A domestic spying Q&A Jun 7, 2013 3:48 PM
    From the documents, it’s clear that the NSA receives data directly from the Internet companies. The information varies by company but includes emails, your social networking activity, the files you receive, even family photos.

  • State Dep’t sought to change Libya talking points May 10, 2013 7:06 PM
    The latest disclosures Friday raised new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November presidential election. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when insurgents struck the U.S. mission in two nighttime attacks.

  • Obama: U.S. still not sure who used chem weapons Apr 30, 2013 11:12 AM
    President Barack Obama strongly suggested Tuesday he'd consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war. At a White House news conference, the president also defended the FBI in regard to its efforts before the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

  • FBI: Early test shows ricin in Obama letter Apr 17, 2013 12:06 PM
    Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin are related and both are postmarked Memphis, Tenn., the FBI said Wednesday. A senator said police have a suspect in mind. Several other reports of suspicious mail to government officials were being checked.

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